Robert Casey last night admitted that he faces a ‘mammoth task’ in trying to steer Newry City away from the foot of the Carling Premiership table.
The man who was more used to battling it out at the top of the league as he won the title with Portadown in the mid-1990s, has been placed in caretaker charge of the border club after Gerry Flynn’s sacking.
It’s not the first time that he’s occupied such a role. Eighteen months ago, when Flynn’s first spell as Newry boss came to an end, Casey led the team into battle with Crusaders at Seaview.
Tomorrow he will face the same opposition, but is likely to be around for a little longer this time.
“I’m in the job for as long as required and it’s a strong possibility that I’ll be here until the end of the season,” said Casey, whose first four appearances as a player for Newry all came in the Intertoto Cup back in 1999.
“The last time I stepped in as manager it was only ever going to be for one or two games because work commitments wouldn’t have allowed me to take on the role permanently.
“Now I’m in a full-time position at the club as marketing manager, so it could be possible.
“I’ve been in charge of the reserves and that takes up more time than people may think. Irish League management may be a part-time job, but it’s a full-time role.”
Casey knows that wins are needed in order to lift spirits, but knows what he’s up against at the Showgrounds.
“We’re second from bottom, six points away from the nearest team, I can’t sign anyone because the transfer window has closed,” said Casey.
“It’s a mammoth task and the first thing is to lift confidence. We’ve lost a lot of games by the odd goal and I know that the squad is capable. It’s just a matter of trying to cut out mistakes.”